Giant cabbage earns Miami, OK, girl $1,000 scholarship

Winni Hilbert, 10, of Miami, OK, grew a 20-pound cabbage and became the Oklahoma winner of a national program that exposes children to agriculture.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: March 5, 2013
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In Oklahoma, 191 schools representing 11,545 students participated, she said. Based on size and appearance, teachers from each class selected the student who had grown the best cabbage.

That student's name was entered in a statewide drawing.

Officials at the state Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry randomly selected Winni's cabbage from among her third-grade peers, Casanova said.

With the proper care, a student could have a cabbage weighing around 40 pounds in about three months, Casanova said.

“The Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program is a wonderful way to engage children's interest in agriculture, while teaching them not only the basics of gardening, but the importance of our food systems and growing our own,” company President Stan Cope said in a prepared statement.

“This unique, innovative program exposes children to agriculture and demonstrates, through hands-on experience, where food comes from. The program also affords our youth with some valuable life lessons in nurture, nature, responsibility, self-confidence, and accomplishment,” Cope said.